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Gresley BG

Posted by D869 , in coaches 31 May 2018 - * * * * * · 770 views

A former member of the Midland area group recently donated his box of unfinished projects and other bits and bobs so that the group members could make use of them. I picked out a part built Gresley BG which looked like a nice model which was crying out for someone to finish it. I have a bit of a soft spot for parcels stock. Some photos and words abou...


Chelford 2018

Posted by D869 , in Hayle North Quay, out and about 20 May 2018 - - - - - - · 641 views

Yesterday I took all of my various Hayle related bits and pieces to the Supermeet/Skills day at Chelford. It was a great day but it's fair to say that I was ready for some sleep by the time I got home again. 
I got a bunch of my research photos printed by one of the online companies. I hadn't actually realised just how many I'd managed to hoo...


Tractor Frames

Posted by D869 , in Hayle North Quay, Shunting Tractor 28 April 2018 - * * * * * · 590 views

I've been making bits for the shunting tractor for a while now (the one in the video in the previous post is just for testing). For the most part it will be scratchbuilt and it's a bit of a case of making up the plan as I go along... never having built a model of a wheel loader before. The cab sides and engine cover sides have been cut out from two b...


The Contraption

Posted by D869 , in Hayle North Quay, Shunting Tractor 16 March 2018 - * * * * * · 711 views

Thought it might be time to say a few word on here about the thing that's been taking up most of my modelling time since last June. The Esso depot at Hayle North Quay was laid with a kicked back siding. As the quay had no run-round, it could only be worked using a shunting tractor... so my layout needs one of those. It might have been nice to ju...


Spot the Difference?

Posted by D869 , in Hayle North Quay, wagons 19 May 2017 - * * * * * · 762 views

A little puzzle for you... On the left is a new tank which has just escaped from the paint shop. ICI supplied chlorine to Hayle in the early years before Ethyl/Octel had their own chlorine works at Ellesmere Port and there was a period during which both Octel and ICI tanks were seen together. The tanks were made by different companies for differ...


Spring has Sprung

Posted by D869 , in Out In the Garden 02 April 2017 - - - - - - · 726 views

A little break from the 2mm stuff indoors... The weather has been pretty decent this weekend so a certain amount of effort in the garden was felt to be in order. Naturally apart from pulling out the many weeds, I took the opportunity to make sure that the railway was clear of obstructions. This afternoon the odd train or two had to be run just to mak...


Making a Mockery

Posted by D869 , in Hayle North Quay 27 February 2017 - - - - - - · 769 views

Planning for Hayle North Quay has progressed a bit. I have now sorted out a 2d plan by combining a transparent bitmap export of the plan from Templot with some colouring in done using Inkscape. The overall depth of the layout will be 22 inches at the ends and 24 inches in the middle. The Octel office block and the whole of the Esso depot have been su...


Back to the Drawing Board

Posted by D869 , in Hayle North Quay 27 January 2017 - * * * * * · 798 views

Regular readers may have observed a certain 'theme' to some of my wagon building over the past few years and perhaps even wondered about the reason behind my seemingly incessant fixation with tank wagons. It's not a huge secret that I've been intending to do something based on what most people in our community will know as 'Hayle Wharf', so here, fin...


1907 Hurst Nelson 10T Tank

Posted by D869 , in wagons 15 October 2016 - * * * * * · 1,082 views

 Hmm.. July 2015... apparently that's when I started on this particular project http://www.rmweb.co....ks-in-2mm-scale  I've not said anything more about it on here since then... mainly because until a few days back I had no idea whether or not it was going to succeed or fail. Rather th...


Some Photographic Mucking About

Posted by D869 , in class 22, out and about, locos 12 September 2016 - - - - - - · 929 views

A little 'photo op' that I'd been planning since I found out that St Ruth and St Blazey would both be appearing at last weekend's Swindon show. 
The inspiration was a John Chalcraft photo that I bought when I was building D6309. It shows the real D6309 at St Blazey in 1969 in front of what appears to be a duff Duff. The same photo is also the inspira...


Tutbury Supermeet

Posted by D869 , in out and about, south yard 25 June 2016 - - - - - - · 765 views

The Tutbury Supermeet has come and gone. I'd like to thank John Aldrick and his helpers for organising a very enjoyable day. 
I spent most of it operating South Yard but had plenty of interest all day and by mid-afternoon I started to lose my voice because I'm not used to nattering quite so much. An unsuspecting Anthony Yeates asked if I'd mind him t...


A 'P' Set for South Yard

Posted by D869 , in south yard, coaches 24 June 2016 - * * * * * · 931 views

Some considerable time ago I invested in a couple of Chris Higgs' Maunsell coach kits. It was a bit of an impulse buy - I've always fancied having a north Cornwall 'P' set even though it doesn't fit with my usual core themes. Having languished in the gloat box ever since, I decided that South Yard's appearance at the upcoming (err... tomorrow) Supermeet a...


The Regreening of South Yard

Posted by D869 , in south yard 06 May 2016 - - - - - - · 938 views

Things have been pretty quiet over the winter season modelling-wise. The building work on the house has taken up a lot of my attention, even though it was being done by someone else. We are still progressing with the aftermath (painting, light fittings, yada yada) but I'm finding that I now have a bit more time for the important things in life. Anywa...


Merry Christmas

Posted by D869 , in south yard 23 December 2015 - * * * * * · 899 views

As a late December evening draws in, 4574 and her crew prepare to set off for home with just a brake van in tow after having delivered a few wagons to South Yard. The cameraman manages to capture the scene with the train almost silhouetted by the solitary lamp that passes for illumination on the platform these days.

Normally I'd post a seasonal messag...


Demountable Things

Posted by D869 , in wagons 05 November 2015 - * * * * * · 925 views

A couple of items that have been stuck in the paint shop for a while.

First up is a BD container. This is from a Parkwood kit that was sat in the gloat box for ages. It's sat in a steel bodied high - also from a Parkwood kit. The chassis is a 2mm Association etch.

I've hankered after a container in the later BR 'door to door' livery for a long time and...


Farewell Special... and Opening Day

Posted by D869 , in Out In the Garden 09 August 2015 - - - - - - · 852 views

First of all, apologies to anyone expecting 2FS content. Let's just call this a summer special.

Today was a sad and a happy occasion. The builders arrive tomorrow to start work on our house extension. This means that the patio section of my garden line will have to close. Today was the final day, so I had to run a special.

On a happier note, I've been b...


Guest Op at DEMU

Posted by D869 , in out and about 30 May 2015 - - - - - - · 1,290 views

Spent a pleasant day today at the DEMU Showcase in Burton helping out on Jim Allwood's Welton Down along with fellow Midland Group member John Russell and lapsed member Richard Lake. Thanks to Jim for inviting us and the show organisers for putting on a good do.

I thought I'd take a few trains to play with but having precisely zero appropriate items to f...


The Little House on The... (Part 3)

Posted by D869 , in steam 24 April 2015 - * * * * * · 1,133 views

The painfully slow progress of the 45xx build continues. The loco had a test run at AbRail where it showed a tendency to derail. After readjustment of the pony truck springs it had another run at Macclesfield and was much better behaved. Over the past few months I've been gradually making progress with putting the cylinders together and tonight the second...


Finescaling a Hall - Part 3

Posted by D869 , in steam 12 March 2015 - * * * * * · 1,395 views

Having been temporarily chucked back together for AbRail, the Hall is just back from an extended spell in the paint shop having its paint job generally finished off and some weathering applied... just in time for St Ruth to go to Macclesfield this weekend.

My plan for the 'paint job' was to wash over the Dapol GWR green (or it it US Army WW2 geep gree...


Hymek First Aid

Posted by D869 , in class 35 23 February 2015 - * * * * * · 827 views

I'm hopeful that the Hymek (which you may recall had failed prior to Warley) is now on the mend.

In our previous installment, I'd got hold of some spare worm wheels from BR Lines and installed them in the loco but this had not cured the uneven running which I still thought was caused by the wormwheel skipping on the worm (hence the trashed original wormw...


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